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#32 Find your nearest gem of a State Park

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#32 Find your nearest gem of a State Park

Location: All over Michigan

You don’t have to go to a National Park to enjoy nature’s beauty. There are over 100 State Parks all over the state filled with beautiful trails, playgrounds, lakes, beaches, and activities. Search for the nearest State Park near you — it might surprise you how close it is!

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#13 Say “hi!” to the animals at John Ball, Binder Park, Detroit, or Garlyn Zoo

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#13 Say “hi!” to the animals at John Ball, Binder Park, Detroit, or Garlyn Zoo

Region: Southwest, Southeast, Upper Peninsula

Location: Grand Rapids, Battle Creek, Royal Oak, Naubinway

Michigan is home to several outstanding zoos across all corners of the state. Say hi to the giraffes at Binder Park, chill out with the polar bears in Royal Oak, pet sting rays at John Ball or get up close to some Michigan natives in Naubinway.

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#16 Devour a pizza and enjoy the views at Silver Beach Pizza in St. Joe

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#16 Devour a pizza and enjoy the views at Silver Beach Pizza in St. Joe

Region: Southwest

Location: St. Joseph

The locals say it’s the best pizza around and the views are some of the best in town. Enjoy Lake Michigan and the unique pizza before heading down to the beach and sticking your toes in.

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#18 Eat from Little Fleet food trucks in Traverse City

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#18 Eat from Little Fleet food trucks in Traverse City

Region: Northern

Location: Traverse City

The food truck scene in Traverse City began with the popular Little Fleet. Besides the eight food trucks with a huge variety of delicious eats parked around the outdoor seating area, the venue boasts charming décor and a full-service, indoor bar, making it the perfect stop during a busy TC travel day.

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#23 Relax at Beal Botanical and Children’s Gardens at MSU

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#23 Relax at Beal Botanical and Children’s Gardens at MSU

Region: Mid-Michigan

Location: East Lansing

The W.J. Beal Botanical Garden is an outdoor laboratory for the study and appreciation of plants. The garden, established in 1873 by William James Beal, is the oldest continuously operated university botanical garden of its kind in the U.S. The Children’s Garden on MSU’s south campus is filled with whimsy and cute interactives, and is a perfect place to afternoon in East Lansing!

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#24 Explore the Shipwrecks of Thunder Bay at the National Marine Sanctuary

Photo by Tane Casserley, NOAA Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

#24 Explore the Shipwrecks of Thunder Bay at the National Marine Sanctuary

Region: Northern

Location: Alpena

Enveloping the coast of Alpena and the surrounding areas of Thunder Bay and Lake Huron, the Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary has been accumulating a large number and variety of shipwrecks since the 1800s, and is a truly spectacular place to visit. Take a glass-bottomed boat tour to see sunken ships or just explore the museum for informative and interesting Michigan history.

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#31 Go back in time and walk through Greenfield Village

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#31 Go back in time and walk through Greenfield Village

Region: Southeast

Location: Dearborn

Take a journey back in time at Henry Ford’s Greenfield Village. Watch the glass blowing demonstrations (great for kids), 19th century lawn games, explore the grounds of authentic historic buildings, and immerse yourself in this living history experience.

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#38 Enjoy the fresh produce, flowers, and murals at Eastern Market

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#38 Enjoy the fresh produce, flowers, and murals at Eastern Market

Region: Southeast

Location: Detroit

There’s nothing better than Eastern Market in the summer if you’re in Detroit. Browse the pavilions and vendors, grab a bite to eat, smell the flowers, and check out the street performers and murals near by.

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#40 Collect Leland Blue stones at Vans Beach in Leland

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#40 Collect Leland Blue stones at Vans Beach in Leland

Region: Northern, West

Location: Leland

Leland Blue Stones are found on Leland beach and are used by locals for jewelry and decorations. Spend the day splashing in the water and combing the picture-perfect beach for these hidden gems.

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#49 Be amazed by the size and awesomeness of the DIA

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#49 Be amazed by the size and awesomeness of the DIA

Region: Southeast

Location: Detroit

With the majesty of the ancient structure of Athens and Rome and spaciousness diversity in it’s displays, the Detroit Institute of Art is a must-do for any Michigander in Detroit looking for a hot day activity. Roam the many galleries and rooms and find your favorite pieces of art or architecture!

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